More than a feminist retelling of a classic story, this novel offers a closer examination of the motivations, influences, consequences of our ambitions. Elizabeth gains a voice and power in this story, and acts as the true driving force in a plot we thought we knew so well. Many of the other side characters from the original novel are given new life and perspective, and you might even notice a “cameo character” inspired by Mary Shelley. I especially appreciated the author’s notes at the end discussing the origin of the Frankenstein story and the doubts Mary Shelley had about her own abilities and power; it is not to be skipped. Even though I knew the major plot points of the original story that were kept by this version, I still found myself on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next. This book is a fascinating tale for teens and adults.

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